UNAIDS figures show that in the year 2007 the death toll was 2.1 million [Sharlip, 2008]. 60 million have been infected with HIV (13,000 each day, i.e., one every 7 seconds; 2.7 million in 2007).Half of all new infections are in people under 25 years of age. 33 million people (0.5% of the world population, or 1% of those aged 15-49) are currently living with HIV [ [Cohen, 2007b]. Over 15 million children have been orphaned [ [Pilcher, 2004; Ferrante et al., 2005].Summer is approaching and vacation plans are being made ” but have you ever considered a retreat or getaway with other people living with HIV/AIDS?
For me, my status is only a part of who I am, and I’ve gotten pretty good at disclosing when I need to.
But for many of us it’s tough getting past that hurdle.
But dating can be a challenge when you suffer from depression.
“Sometimes if you don’t feel like smiling but are in a situation where you’re expected to be happy, that can make you feel even worse,” says Helen Friedman, Ph D, a clinical psychologist in private practice in St. That said, meeting a new person can also be a source of joy.
The HIV Campground Project promotes social camping events at a variety of locations around the country, usually weekend retreats at campgrounds for gay men.
Their web site has information but I found their Facebook page (HIV Camp) to be more useful. Many think having a chronic (infectious) illness like hepatitis B makes them less than worthy of love and a normal life with a romantic partner.Unfortunately we forget we are more than our illness and focus on the things we cannot change rather than the wonderful things we have to offer a partner.You need to approach dating, not as who will ‘accept’ you, but rather who ‘deserves’ you. If you see a health issue like HBV as a unique barrier to intimacy others will not understand and might reject you for, you will create self-defeating thoughts that not only limit your happiness, but are inaccurate. Whether it is health, mental, social or financial, we all feel alone at times and want a connection with another soul.Dating with HBV can be compared to interviewing for a job.It’s not cheap ” cabins start in the 0 range for a full week cruise.